Comments: Wow! ctd.

Hmmm. Well, there sure is a lot to chew on here, eh?

I think I'll draw an analogy between religion and government. Yeah, that's the ticket...

Keep in mind the principle of the rule of Law, not of men -- our ideal that only the People's law, not a tyrant's fiat, is legitimate.

Rabbinical study is, I think, much like judicial study. And Talmudic Law is much like case law, or, common law (court created law). Rabbis study the Torah and apply God's laws to new situations much like courts apply written legislation to new and unforeseen circumstances.

Let's say a case is brought before a court that asks if B is protected by C. The judge(s) look at the law and see that it is written that A is equal to B, and that A is protected by C. They then conclude that B is also protected by C, even though it is not specifically written in the law.

The difference, of course, is that in case law the law is written by the People through their representatives while in relgion the law is written by God.

Perhaps the truest test of a religious leadership is their respect for differing interpretations and their humblement (word?) before God. In other words, if we believe that it's self-evident that we are created by the Author with a Right to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and a Right freely exercize our own relgion, then doesn't that preclude a church or tribunal from imposing it's own interpretation on others?

In short: Religious tyranny is unGodly!

Posted by Tuning Spork at May 29, 2005 06:23 PM

This is fun. More, please! :)

Posted by Tuning Spork at May 29, 2005 08:49 PM

Glad you are liking it, TS. Hell, I'm having a blast with it myself.

New Rule: We the "Pajama Clad" have caveat and cart blanch on the creation of new words in the blogosphere. "Humblement"? If it wasn't a word before, then by George it is now!

New post is on the way!

Posted by Johnny - Oh at May 29, 2005 09:16 PM
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